ReMix:Super Metroid "Dragonfood" 4:30

By Rozovian

Arranging the music of one song...

"Big Boss Confrontation BGM (Ridley, Draygon)"

Primary Game: Super Metroid (Nintendo , 1994, SNES), music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Minako Hamano

Posted 2012-01-17, evaluated by the judges panel

Finally we come to Rozovian, with this tricky, aggressive electronica SM cut off of BadAss:

"This track had a short trip through the wip board way back, then took a vacation and resurfaced as part of the boss themes project. It's a little better than those previous versions I had, some elements going back to before Eat Your Own Dust (to '04 or so), some parts being _somewhat_ more recent additions. It's always had the signature time sig of the source, but at some point I decided to have a little more fun with time sigs and... this is the result."

Ad's definitely woven something with both energy & complexity, taking his game up a notch in the process. This is more aggressive & has more forward momentum than his previous mixes, which were more on the chill/ambient side of the fence, and it illustrates both versatility & depth. halc writes:

"pretty solid. really interpretive but instantly recognizable arrangement, well chosen sounds, and the meter changes were fun, though there were a few awkward beats in there. I felt as if the low end was just slightly crowded during some of the busier sections, but overall this is really solidly produced. good transitions too, I especially loved the one at 2:40, and that section until the end. you got a great industrial sound going there."

Larry adds:

"Just throwing an opinion way after the fact on this. Nothing else to say other than great jorb! [sic] Loving the creativity and dynamics of this one, without a doubt. Agreed with OA completely in feeling that the production and sound should have sounded even more aggressive, but that's not to take away from the excellent ideas and nice execution here. Definitely a side of Rozo's work I'd never heard before, and very cool stuff!"

Ditto that; always nice to see artists go in a new direction, and I think Rozo made a lot of good decisions with how to approach this arrangement. This concludes our three mix introduction to our newest staff members, and I think all three mixes speak well of them, each in their own distinct way; grats to all!



Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-06-03 03:10:38

Damn. Not only was the main bass synth badass, but the modulated tape delay effect thingy at the end (4:08) was pretty cool too. :D

on 2012-12-13 15:52:11

From Badass we hear another evil-doer get their theme tricked out and what a treat this is. Not overly tense and frantic, but you can tell that business has picked up from here. The break in the middle is kinda creepy, with the whole "one note at a time for a melody" thing, that was cool. Great track off a great album.

on 2012-07-07 00:09:45

This mix definitely fits the dark brooding atmosphere of the BadAss album - it starts off anthemic before shifting into a higher pace and it continues to shift through various states. Is this what Rozo has in mind by "Dragonfood"? Let's hope it's not what he thinks is a dragon undergoing indigestion :P .

Fun and active song though!

on 2012-05-18 23:12:35

I was really into the drums mostly. They had a good progressive rock thing going; sound very organic and yet very clean.

Overall there's definite tension and ambience, true to the original. And like Rexy is saying, the timing changes are great and demonstrate much needed variation.

I thought the synth sounded a little thin or out of place at times, or maybe it didn't occupy the sound field as much as I was hoping it to. Or, maybe I was just expecting a guitar and it wasn't a guitar.

on 2012-02-12 16:41:30

Yeah, this track was a huge thinker for me. No doubt that it caught the nature of the source material, but all those time signatures made it tough to really break down on the first go around xD

Luckily it's been some time since BadAss was unleashed, and it should be much better digested as I state my thoughts.

It starts out well with some nice creepy synth and echoed piano which bears a familiarity with some of the more ambient Metroid Prime soundtrack selections, before going straight into a hard 12/8 interpretation of the source which may make one somehow mistake you for DJ Orange in terms of writing (honestly, I can't help but think of "Harvest Hoedown" here xD). This feel managed to continue onto the hard 2/4 section, though like halc stated with the awkward beats, the transition between the signatures made it hard to digest initially due to the lack of a significant downbeat for the start of it. Luckily the adaptation of the source with this more aggressive soundscape worked creepily well.

The return to the intro's texture with the 9/8 time signature, soon following with the return to the original's 5/8 time signature, both showed his testament to adapt the source within the different time signatures. But I have to say, the 11/8 section at 3:20 was by far what I felt to be the coup de grace for me, as it gave a lot of room towards the drum writing/variation and give in a more progressive feel to it with the accompaniment building. Following that though, the ending was a bit weird with all the pitch shifting invlved, but given the oddities of the time signature it's something that can A) be excused, and B) contribute more towards the general quaintness of the arrangement.

While I hadn't heard too much of Rozovian's work (and I believe I need to rectify that soon lol), what I did hear though was one of his cleanest works to date; kinda low-mid heavy, but all the more to fit the feel for the source, and the attention to emphasis on the instrumentation and the sheer creative nature of handling the source material were seen as major key points for the track. The progressive-ish nature of the time signatures wouldn't at all really make this easy listening, but then again none of the tracks on BadAss were, so just come in and let Ridley take a gash at you in musical form :D

on 2012-01-23 20:56:15

My inner dragons finds your spirituadial food delicious.:twisted:

on 2012-01-18 16:58:42

Very fun piece here, one of the highlights of the BadAss album. The bass is awesome, the electronica elements are just sweet, and the background stuff is cool. Very nice mix!

on 2012-01-18 09:16:07

My personal favorite from BadAss! :D

AWESOME stuff, Rozo!

on 2012-01-18 07:23:20

Now THIS was my favorite ReMix from the BadAss album. It's incredibly gritty and dirty (the synths, that is) and just badass overall. The choir on the background give that epic feeling and the remix never feels reptitive despite it's source. I also love the silent piano parts with the extreme panning which is very creepy and leaves you really uncomfortable. As if you can't see Ridley, but you know he's there... he could appear from any corner, attack at any step you take. Excellent build-up with great dynamics and love the (creepy, distorted) ending. I hope Rozo makes more mixes like this one!

on 2012-01-17 21:18:56

Nice rhythms right away! Very interesting to listen to. The use of dynamics is awesome! It creates a very tense soundscape. I'm totally impressed! This is quite awesome!

on 2012-01-17 20:50:20

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Primary Game:
Super Metroid (Nintendo , 1994, SNES)
Music by Kenji Yamamoto (I),Minako Hamano
"Big Boss Confrontation BGM (Ridley, Draygon)"

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